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Tuberculosis: From Lab Research to Field Trials
Organizer(s): Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, Issar Smith and Carl F. Nathan
Date: March 20 - 25, 2007
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Summary of Meeting:
Tuberculosis remains one of the major infectious disease killers in the world. This is in spite of the fact that, in most cases, the host response is capable of controlling Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection efficiently: only a minority of infected individuals develops active tuberculosis. The situation is exacerbated by increasing incidences of multi-drug-resistant strains and the dangerous liaison between tuberculosis and AIDS. Recent accomplishments in molecular genetics, cell biology, structural biology and immunology have provided the clues to an in-depth understanding of the crosstalk between pathogen and host which leads to latency, resuscitation, disease outbreak, susceptibility and protective immunity. Application of state-of-the-art technologies will help in elucidating underlying molecular mechanisms and in identifying the responsible gene products both on the side of the invader and its host. Based on such insights, novel vaccination strategies can be pursued and new drug candidates developed. This meeting will discuss the most recent findings in the broad field of research activities relevant to a better understanding of tuberculosis and provide a forum for intensive discussions and collaborations for scientists ranging from basic research to field studies. The meeting, therefore, will also promote exchange between and amalgamation of highly sophisticated research approaches and fundamental issues of disease control.
Scholarship Deadline: November 20 2006
Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 20 2006
Abstract Deadline: December 20 2006
Discounted Registration Deadline: January 22 2007
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationBurroughs Wellcome FundGlaxoSmithKline UKIntercell AGNovartis Pharma AG
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

GlaxoSmithKline

Intercell AG

Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases Pte Ltd
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1 U13 AI60000-01

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1R13AI072803-01
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